The Program has been designed to include the best of several progressive programs including:
*Montessori *Brain Dance *Fun Family Phonics *Sidney Ledson *Reggio
These programs enable your child to enhance his or her knowledge and grow in following areas:
- Aesthetic and Artistic Development
- Emotional and Social Development
- Intellectual and Language Development
- Physical Development
- Social Responsibility
Below is the core curriculum that focuses on the individual development of the child while providing a moral content.
Experiences with mathematical games and materials including blocks and a variety of ways of using numbers. This includes completing a calendar daily, counting, using number lines, graphing, measuring, weighing, classifying, sorting, patterning, sequencing, counting money, problem solving and comparing sizes.
Children will learn to read through the fun family phonics program as well as through exposure to a variety of books. Story time, puppet shows, finger and action poems and lots of discussion increase the variety of experiences that form a foundation for reading. Appraisal of use of language will be accomplished through reporting, reasoning, predicting, projecting and imagining skills.
Children are given hands-on experiences to learn concepts for example; learning the difference between a toad and a frog through cooking. The frog skin is smooth and slimy like jello and the toad skin is dry and bumpy like the rice krispie. Another example is learning the names of the planets and their sizes with different fruits that represent the solar system.
The above subjects are taught through songs, games, maps, puzzles and books. A great example of a game used is World Map Twister which allows children to learn about continents by placing their hands and feet on various parts of the world.
The goal of our art program is to introduce and encourage children to use a variety of art media in ways that will enhance many areas of development including awareness of linear patterns, color contrasts, spatial relationships, cause and effect, imagination, motor control, free expression, healthy emotional release and self esteem that comes with accomplishment.
Children enjoy various activities both indoors and outdoors to enhance their gross motor skills and other cognitive developments such as memory, attention and sensory integration. Examples of activities include Yoga, Drama and Brain Dance. We also promote good healthy eating habits and independence in doing things on their own.
Songs and fingerplays are intergrated as part of our daily program in order to teach many concepts. For example, children learn about the metamorphosis of a butterfly , not only through actually watching a caterpillar grow into a butterfly, and reading the book-The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, but also by singing the song- First comes a butterfly… Children will also learn to use musical instruments and rhythmically respond to music.
The aim of the worksheets is to further strengthen specific areas of learning such as patterning skills, sequencing skills, pre-writing and pre-math skills, comprehension skills, numbers, alphabets, math, phonics, and power of concentration.
- Small Group Activities
Each day children are given an opportunity to learn concepts in small groups through teacher directed activities. It could be learning letters through alphabet bingo or sequencing skills with related cards.
When they are ready, children are introduced to the computer so that they get familiar with the use of related equipment example, the mouse. The computer has educational games such as the Reader Rabbit Language program and Treasure Mathstorm, a Math program. Time on the computer is limited per child and teacher directed.
- Field Trips
Excursions to visiting points of interest help the child to establish appreciation of nature, art and people who contribute to his/her life.
- Universal materials
As mentioned, we are a progressive centre and all the materials and activities are chosen from a global perspective. For example, children will learn about the eastern culture and the art of picking up sushi with chopsticks while playing in the house corner.
- Report Cards
An evaluation is done about your child at the beginning of school or when they start. A final evaluation is done at the end of school year to give an idea to the parents as to what the children have learnt during their time with us.